Alpine-inspired winter wonderland now opened in Prince Alfred Square.
Mega pop-up The Winter Village will make its debut in Parramatta for its inaugural launch this June, making its way to NSW due to popular demand as Sydneysiders finally get a taste of the alpine-inspired winter wonderland. Open daily, it will run for three months, from 19 June to 12 September 2021.
The Winter Village has partnered with City of Parramatta’s popular Winterlight for its 10th year running, to transform Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta into a winter wonderland, complete with an ice-skating rink, igloo village, daily snow showers and food and drink pop-ups serving the ultimate cosy comfort food.
After a blockbuster 2019 debut in Federation Square, Melbourne, The Winter Village will finally bring its greatest hits along with new additions to Parramatta, including a new Brunch & Skate package on weekends, ice skating and daily snow showers.
The Winter Village is brought to life by Australian Venue Co, who operate a number of favourite pubs, bars and restaurants across Sydney, including The Winery, Untied, Bungalow 8, Cargo Bar, The Rook, Manly Wine, Kingsleys Woolloomooloo and more.
Activations Operations Manager Selena Majumdaris excited to debut The Winter Village in Parramatta, after plans to expand interstate were put on hold last year due to COVID. “In a year where many Sydneysiders are looking for a new adventure without being able to travel overseas, we’re thrilled to be able to finally bring The Winter Village to NSW and create an escape close to home for locals this winter. We’re launching Parramatta with a bang and can’t wait for friends and families to get a taste of our winter wonderland!”
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor, Cr Bob Dwyer said: “Parramatta is definitely where it’s at this winter. We’re excited to be hosting The Winter Village in beautiful Prince Alfred Square, kicking off what is going to be a jam-packed program to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our iconic Winterlight festival – including our super-popular school holiday events.”
For the ultimate The Winter Village experience, guests can pre-book private igloos and cabins, perfect for an afternoon or evening of enjoying some drinks and sharing a bite to eat. Parramatta will have 20 igloos, each measuring 3.6m × 3.6m, which can host up to 8 people.
All igloos must be pre-booked via The Winter Village website and include the choice of two food & beverage packages with vegan and gluten-friendly options available.
The Standard Igloo Package | $49pp
For those looking to get their igloo fix, the Standard Package includes a grazing plate of chips, dips, mini pretzels and cured meats, fried chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes, fries with truffle aioli, herbed slaw, Greek salad, a choice of wine or beer, and a chocolate ice-cream sandwich for dessert.
The Premium Igloo Package | $69pp
For those looking to indulge, patrons can upgrade to the Premium Package, which includes a mini lobster roll with dill & pickles, an additional dessert platter with espresso martini choc fudge sauce, berries, brownies, marshmallows, cookies and the choice of a Bloody Shiraz Gin Spritz, Espresso Martini, wine or beer.
Brunch & Skate
The new Brunch & Skate package will let the weekend warriors work up an appetite with a 45-minute skate session, plus a well-earned brunch in a private igloo. Brunch & Skate packages are available every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, for $35 per adult and $22 per child.
Ice skating passes can be booked online, with 45-minute sessions available during opening hours. Passes are $26 for adults, $18 for children aged 6–14 and $10 for children aged 3–5.
Let It Snow – Snow Showers
The Parramatta Winter Village will have daily snow showers at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm.
Skate & Sip
Enjoy a complimentary skate session with any cocktail purchase! Available every Monday from 5pm–7pm. Simply collect your free skate pass from the bar to redeem on the day!
Friday Happy Hour
Enjoy a complimentary drink with any skating pass between 4pm–6pm every Friday!
Simply visit the skate hut for your skate session between 4pm–6pm on Fridays to receive your drink card.
Entry to The Winter Village is free, walk-in customers can order food & beverage directly from the pop-up bar, with casual outdoor seating available. The Winter Village is operated by Australian Venue Co & sponsored by Emu Australia.
Along with marking its debut in Parramatta, The Winter Village will also return to Melbourne and pop up in new locations across Australia this winter, including Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
The Winter Village – Parramatta | 19 June to 12 September
Prince Alfred Square, cnr Church and Market Streets, Parramatta NSW 2150
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 11am–10pm; Friday: 11am–12am; Saturday: 10am–12am; Sunday: 10am–10pm